Fleischmann Thanks Congressman Roe for Years of Service

January 3, 2020
Press Release

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement that his Tennessee delegation colleague, Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01), will retire at the end of the 116th Congress following more than a decade of public service:

“I want to commend my close friend and colleague Congressman Phil Roe for his work on behalf of the great state of Tennessee and the United States for the past 11 years. Those of us privileged to serve alongside Phil in Congress are well aware that he is an effective legislator, a defender of justice for all, and an advocate for East Tennesseans across his district and the country.

“Phil served our country well both during his time in the United States Army Medical Corps overseas and in Washington. As Chairman and then Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Phil spearheaded efforts to increase access to care for those who have sacrificed in defense of our nation. With his medical background, he led the Republican Study Committee’s Health Care Task Force to establish new protections for patients from the increase of medical costs. His immense contributions to our nation can be widely felt in the Volunteer State and are lauded by all who have benefitted from his tireless advocacy.

“Phil’s legacy will last long after his tenure in Congress comes to a close. All those who worked with Phil will miss him dearly, and I am thankful to have known him as a close friend. I wish he, his wife Clarinda, and his three children, all the best.”